Wicksteed Park (< 1 mile)
- 147 acres of lakes, parklands, over 35 rides and attractions including Rocky River Falls, our famous Waterchute, Train, Double Pirate ship and largest free playground in the UK offering a perfect day out for young and old.
Kids Play (2 miles)
With numerous fun indoor activities, you are sure to find something the whole family will enjoy. Race friends on dodgems, brave the speedy drop slide and 4-lane astra slide, climb the 25ft climbing wall, ride the carousal, get creative in the toddler village, scramble through tunnels. Plus bounce on...
New York Thunderbowl (3 miles)
New York Thunderbowl
Family friendly tenpin bowling with cosmic effects and gutter guards with bowling ramps for the small ones. A great family activity.
Bugtopia (4 miles)
An all weather attraction where you can meet and greet a variety of bugs, spiders, butterflies and lizards. Hands on interaction, feeding sessions, and a chance to learn more from the handler. Jungle Hut play area.
Laser Maze (5 miles)
Bruise-less, mess-less combat game played with infra red, played in their huge, 2700 sqr foot laser labyrinth on 2 floors filled with special effect lighting, great music and eerie fog! For over 7s.
Wellingborough Museum (6 miles)
Discover the history of Wellingborough and the surrounding villages through a collection that spans over 2 million years of history! Inexpensive Trench experience available. Family friendly and free to visit.
Paul's Pirates (6 miles)
Paul's Pirates is an indoor play area in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. We are a family run business with a fun filled pirate ship for children to play on - including a ball pool, 2 slides, swings ropes, mangle, stepping stones, shooting canons, rope bridge and much more!
Aquatic Playground (6 miles)
Children here can play in amongst the interesting jets, Silly Showers and other interactive wet play features during summer: great idea if you are looking for summer family days out in Northamptonshire.
AMF Wellingborough (6 miles)
Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
Fuzzy Eds (7 miles)
Indoor play area with loads of slides and fun features plus dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant. Outdoor play too in summer.
Wacky Warehouse - Needle & Awl (7 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Needle & Awl
The usual Wacky Warehouse scenario, brilliant for letting the ankle biters run themselves ragged for an hour regardless of the weather: hooray!
Stanwick Lakes (7 miles)
Unique adventure playground and assault course, plus a stunning indoor play facility, scenic active adventure trail, fishing, cycle hire, plus big sand and water play.
Fermyn Woods Country Park (7 miles)
Fermyn Woods Country Park
Situated in the heart of the Rockingham Forest, the park offers access to fantastic woodlands, meadows, thickets, marshes and ponds to explore.
Sywell Aviation Museum (7 miles)
Sywell Aviation Museum
Based in the lovely Art Deco surroundings of Sywell Aerodrome, Sywell Aviation Museum charts the history of aviation in Northamptonshire both civilian and military with aircraft cockpits, uniforms, photos, dioramas and more! Expanded in 2011 and 2012 to nearly double its original size. Free parking, free...
Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum (7 miles)
Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum
Home to a collection of exhibits and industrial artefacts, which include, steam and diesel locomotives, a life-size diorama of a quarry, along with many other interesting displays.
West Lodge Rural Centre (7 miles)
West Lodge Rural Centre
Handle the fluffy young chicks, rabbits and guinea pigs in Cuddle Corner and laugh at the antics of the pygmy goats on Goat Mountain. You can feed the ducks, groom a pony, watch and get involved in the ever popular piglet race! So much to do here!
Jungle Parc (7 miles)
Outdoor fun and adventure for the whole family in an exciting and safe environment! We have two courses, Adventurer Course for age 4+ and Explorer Course for teens and adults. Activities include monkey bridges, super fast Zips, Rocket Launchers and cargo nets.
Irchester Country Park (7 miles)
Irchester Country Park
This former ironstone quarry has a wonderful children's play area as well as a network of long and short trails through 83 hectares of mixed woodland. Also home to the Quarryman's Rest Cafe, Jungle Parc UK and the Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway museum.
Splash Leisure Pool (7 miles)
Splash Leisure Pool
Their cool 25 metre leisure pool features a beach entry and a cool flume slide, plus spray umbrella and play jets! So add in lessons, swim club, Toddler Splash sessions plus an enormous inflatable assault course pulled out on special occasions!
Corby Boating Lake (7 miles)
Corby Boating Lake
The lake can boast a wide range of geese, ducks, water fowl and the resisdential swans. The recent environmental project has improved fishing stocks. There are also herons, gulls and kingfishers that visit the lake along with a host of woodland and garden birds.
Corby International Swimming Diving Pool (8 miles)
Corby International Swimming Diving Pool
Feeling adventurous? Enjoy the aquatube flume, Pirate Ship Fun Pool and four springboards (1 to 3m) with a 5m diving platform, as well as many other facilities. Creche also available.
Harrington Aviation Museum (8 miles)
Harrington Aviation Museum
Comprises the Carpetbagger Aviation Museum and the Northamptonshire Aviation Society Museum. These museums offer a rare look at life on this Top Secret base from where aircraft flew Special Forces and Secret Agents into Occupied Europe during World War 2. There is a picnic area, canteen and woodland walks.
The Race Club UK (8 miles)
The Race Club UK
An amazing indoor split level karting track, with a challenging mix of hairpins and corkscrew turns, plus a sweeping bend. For ages 8 and older. Great fun for all the family. Indoor Laser Tag also available.
Sywell Country Park (8 miles)
Sywell Country Park
Children's play area provided including sand and water play, plus open spaces for ball games and dog walking, small arboretum and heritage trail.
Elsies Pottery Painting Barn (8 miles)
Elsies Pottery Painting Barn
is a place to come and unleash (or even discover) your creative talents. Choose from our wide range of plain bisque shapes to paint and create your own pottery masterpiece to be treasured.
Rockingham Forest (8 miles)
The Royal Forest of Rockingham, a medieval hunting forest, is a beautiful patchwork of ancient woodlands and open agricultural land with historic features and attractive stone-built forest villages. Today the Forest offers visitors plenty of routes for walking, cycling and riding.
Cheeky Monkees (8 miles)
Play Palace, Toddler Town and Baby Bay for the varying age ranges, each packed with fun and energetic features to keep the kids busy. Maximum height restriction 1.45m.
Adrenaline Alley (9 miles)
is a large Urban Sports park with large indoor ramp courses, training areas and outdoor dirt jumps. We also have a photography and media studio and a music practice room.
Rockingham Castle (9 miles)
Set in a panoramic location, with views over five counties, the Castle has magnificently furnished rooms of several periods, and is surrounded by 12 acres of superbly contrasting gardens.
Brixworth Country Park (9 miles)
Brixworth Country Park
A charming and very physically accessible park, with a gnome trail, unusual sculptures, wheel chair accessible bird hide and stunning views over Pitsford Reservoir.
Brampton Valley Way (9 miles)
Brampton Valley Way
Brampton Valley Way is 14 miles of park linking Northampton and The Brampton Valley Way. It has Beautiful scenery, Ancient meadows, woodland spinneys and traditional hedgerow. There are also Steam trains, railway embankments and tunnels.
Berzerk Indoor Play (10 miles)
Berzerk Indoor Play
Family owned and run, this is a home away from home except with loads more stuff to play with! Big slides, deep ball pools and lots to climb on, this is just what the doctor ordered to get them a good night's sleep!
Northampton Trampoline Centre (10 miles)
Northampton Trampoline Centre
- is a purpose built trampoline centre welcoming all ages and abilities. Reach for the sky as you bounce on our Olympic sized trampolines. Our expert instructors will teach you how to perform awesome skills and tricks in a safe environment.
Wacky Warehouse - Quays Billing (10 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Quays Billing
There are indoor and outdoor play areas for the younger visitors, the Wacky is a purpose built building with safe play equipment for kids under 4ft 9ins tall. Pub now known as Quay's Billing.
Billing Go Karting (10 miles)
Billing Go Karting
Motoring experiences up to 40mph on their 300m outdoor circuit. The minimum age for driving is 8 years old plus minimum height of 1.2 meters.
Riverside Hub (11 miles)
The largest indoor play frame in the country, full of fun activities for kids aged 0 to 13 years. Dedicated soft baby area, Toddler Village, Climbing Tree, Go Karts and more in this exciting and educational world of play.
Harborough Leisure Centre (11 miles)
Harborough Leisure Centre
Great standard swimming pool but the Tiger Pool comes complete with Octopus slide and interactive water features, waterfalls, squirty fish, water dams and tipping bucket, making it suitable for the whole family.
Mini Mischiefs (11 miles)
- offer a huge multi level adventure play area 5.5m high with loads of slides and other features, plus dedicated toddler and baby zones and equipment.
Abington Park (12 miles)
Big park with historical features, plus playground and fitness trail, Abingdon Museum and also features a specific garden for the blind.
Northampton and Lamport Railway (12 miles)
Northampton and Lamport Railway
is a steam and heritage diesel operated tourist railway located in the Northamptonshire countryside. Lots of events going on throughout the year.
Barnwell Country Park (12 miles)
Barnwell Country Park
Park with 3 way marked waterside trails, numerous picnic spots, and a wealth of wildlife and facilities. Children's play area, Visitor Centre and Wildlife Garden, Orienteering packs available, plus a brass rubbing trail. Open all year and free to visit!
Harborough Museum (12 miles)
The newly refurbished Harborough Museum is home to the Hallaton Treasure, discovered in 2000 and one of the most important Iron Age finds in Britain.
Abington Museum (12 miles)
A free museum with an intriguing Victorian Cabinet of Curiosities, historic fashion gallery, displays on the Northamptonshire Regiment and huge collections of leather works including some really interesting costumes!
Wacky Warehouse - Lakeside (12 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Lakeside
Wacky Warehouse - Lakeside - There are indoor and outdoor play areas for the younger visitors, the Wacky is a purpose built building with safe play equipment for kids under 4ft 9ins tall.
Hullabaloo (13 miles)
Expansive play frame and stylish play area featuring 3 different slides and masses of activities you won't find anywhere else. Parents welcome in to play too.
Roobarb and Kustard Ceramics Cafe (13 miles)
Roobarb and Kustard Ceramics Cafe
Our ceramics painting studio is just the place to enjoy creative time with your family. It's a fantastic environment for children and adults to express their creative talent and to produce something completely unique to treasure forever. Booking recommended during weekends and childrens holidays
Si5 Spymissions (13 miles)
- is the exciting spy themed adventure centre in Northampton for anyone over 6 years. Your Mission: infiltrate the ship and stop the terrorists from launching the missile! The mission ends with an adrenalin pumping escape, you and your friends will feel like real spies!
Northampton Museum and Art Gallery (13 miles)
Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
A visit to Northampton Museum and Art Gallery will give you the opportunity to explore the amazing shoe collection recognised as a collection of national importance. You can also find out about the history of Northampton and see our excellent art and ceramics collection.
Holdenby Falconry Centre (13 miles)
Holdenby Falconry Centre
The Falconry Centre contains many species of birds of prey, flown by the resident Falconer. Some of the beautiful birds are pictured below. There may be a chance to fly them yourself.
Laserforce (13 miles)
An exciting, participation fantasy game allowing players to be the space hero that they have always wanted to be! An amazing 6 zones on 3 levels to explore: awesome!
Thanks for all the great things to do in Kettering with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Northamptonshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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